Expectant fathers get clingy, too ~ Almost a dad

Expectant fathers get clingy, too

My wife and I took a short babymoon to the beach this weekend as a last hurrah before the sprout arrives. It was nothing extravagant or overly active, but a nice break from the wound-up norm of baby room prep and baby product research.

Everything was booked solid and we were lucky to get a room, but my wife and I ended up in a room with two double beds instead of a king or the queen that we have at home. As I was laying there this morning looking across at her pregnant outline sleeping in the bed next to me I wanted to climb in next to her and hold her and rub her belly. Granted she was only a few feet away, but I wanted to be next to her. Laying there I realized that as my wife has gotten progressively more pregnant that I have become more attached and protective of her. She may have gotten clingy, but I have to; I don't like being away from her at all.

Don't get me wrong, it was great not to be woken a half dozen times a night when she gets up to pee. There is actually something endearing about the manner in which she gets her decreasingly mobile frame out of bed, ensuring I have six hours of regularly-interrupted sleep every night. The commotion of her flopping around as she tries to get out of bed makes me feel like I'm sleeping next to a marlin fighting a fisherman's line. However, as the sport fish to which I'm married leaves the room, I know I won't be able to get back to sleep until she gets back. I have to check on her, even if just with a quick "you ok?" She always is, but I have to ask.

It's part of the whole process and I want to go through it with her. I wish I didn't have to trudge off to work every morning and could spend the day with her, but I do, that's my reality. That's why the babymoon is nice, it gives you both a little time together. But until such a time that I can spend all my time with her, I'm going to cling to that pregnant woman and let her know how much I love her.


Ricky said...

Bill, I love your blog. My wife is two months pregnant.

Very nice description of expectant fathers feeling clingy.

I find myself calling my wife 4 or 5 times a day checking on her, or to see if she needs anything. She's a teacher, so right now she's at home relaxing, or running errands, or going to the gym.

I'm going through my own baby room saga right now. Just getting started really. The room doesn't have a closet, so I'm building one, with the help of my brother in law. After that, I need to fix up the old plaster walls, and paint. We bought the environmentally friendly paint, which has very little to no fumes at all.

Now I just have to figure out where to take my babymoon!


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